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1 Welcome to the University of Bath!

2 Pre-departure briefing The application process Your visa Your preparation Your journey Your first few days

3 Key messages for 2013 You cannot enrol at the University of Bath unless you have a valid visa for Bath You may be stopped if you try to enter the UK on a visa for a course that you have already completed Its your responsibility to read the UKBA guidance carefully and comply with all requests for information from the University You may need a medical test for TB before you are allowed to enter the UK Some students will be asked to give credibility interviews as part of the visa application process We highly recommend you seek advice from the International Student Advice Team

4 Application process Well contact you electronically and ask you to upload a scan of your academic and English language qualifications – your offer will be conditional on these qualifications Youll get an unconditional firm offer when youve met the conditions of your offer and accepted your place As you are an international student, you will now need to apply for your visa Tier 4 is the student route, for which you will need a CAS – Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies

5 What is a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)? A CAS is a unique personal number generated by the UKBA that you need for your Tier 4 visa application A CAS: confirms that a university is prepared to sponsor you helps you get a visa to study at that university (but not at any other university) is included on your CAS statement The University of Bath sends your CAS statement to you via Application Tracker – it is not an original document. Please read the conditions on the CAS statement

6 Application process cont. Before we issue you with a CAS statement well send you a Pre-CAS Check, this means we will: o contact you if you need an ATAS certificate o ask you to check your personal details o ask for details of your immigration history/previous study in the UK o ask for a scan of your passport o ask you to check whether you have the correct funding and evidence of fundingcorrect funding and evidence of funding When youve provided us with all this information and were satisfied that you meet UKBA and University requirements, well issue you with a CAS via Application Tracker and If we dont think youll be able to make a successful visa application, or meet University requirements, we wont issue you with a CAS

7 Applying for your Tier 4 General Student visa (entry clearance) Check the International Student Advice Teams website (which includes a checklist): check here for details of how to apply: students/applying-inside-uk/ students/applying-inside-uk/ apply online (print out form and send with documents) print and complete appendix 8 and send it with your supporting documents application fee = £298 (+ £298 for each dependant)

8 English language requirements To study for a degree in the UK: UKBA requires confirmation that you have achieved B2 level on the CEFR scale in all four components The University of Bath has its own entrance requirements for English language (generally higher than the UKBA requirements). You will have been informed of this. Evidence = a Secure English Language Test (SELT), such as IELTS, on the UKBAs list of approved tests See the University of Bath website for further details:

9 Very important ! Before you apply: read the Tier 4 Policy Guidance on the UKBA website carefully check that you have all the correct documents and that the documents are in the right format (see funding checker) fill in the form carefully – check that you have ticked all the relevant boxes Useful links: Adult students – Tier 4 (General) inside-uk/ Making a Tier 4 (General) application

10 Documents All documents not in English need an official translation Documents required: o CAS number (on a CAS statement provided by the University – print this out) o original qualification certificates – as stated on your Application Tracker (and CAS statement) o evidence of funding – e.g. your bank statements or your parents bank statements (birth certificate + letter confirming their support) or original sponsors letter o ATAS certificate (if needed this will be stated on your CAS) This applies to some postgraduate/MEng students – see for more details.

11 Visa financial requirements you must show that you have: o living expenses of £7200 (if you do not have established presence) o course fees for your first year (as stated on your CAS) o Above funds in your bank account for consecutive 28 days minimum Please note: the University does not send original receipts so please wait to pay fees on arrival and keep money in bank account real living expenses may be more, depending on your lifestyle

12 Evidence from your bank Acceptable evidence: original statements or letter, including the name and logo of the bank shows funds for a consecutive 28-day period is dated within 1 month of your visa application includes your name includes your bank account number is translated into English is converted into UK pounds –

13 Financial institutions: Check that the financial documents are from an institution acceptable to the UKBA: ationrules/appendixp/

14 What you need to include in your visa application Along with your personal and course information, on your application form you will need to include: your CAS number your sponsor license number (in your CAS statement) In your application, also include: any other original documents required by UKBA (see UKBA guidance) all qualification documents required (in your CAS statement) your CAS statement (a printed is ok)

15 If you apply to other institutions You may get several CAS numbers from different institutions if you decide to come to the University of Bath you must only use the CAS number generated by the University of Bath once you have used a CAS number, any other CAS number you have will no longer be valid

16 Important points… your CAS is valid for six months you cant apply for your visa more than three months before your course begins youll be contacted by the University to ask if your visa application was successful once you have a visa you cannot decide to study at another university using that visa If your visa is refused: Get advice from the International Student Advice Team* who can advise you. It may be possible to apply for an Administrative Review or to make a second visa application. Youll need to send the Team evidence of refusal (e.g. a scanned copy of UKBA documents). if it seems unlikely that you can make a successful visa application, the University may not give you a second CAS the University will not issue a third CAS – you must make a successful visa application the second time.


18 Accommodation if you have firmly accepted your offer apply as soon as possible – help/index.html help/index.html cost = £88 – £210 per week (bills included) most accommodation is self-catering but a catered option is available Freewire - Free TV and phone - communal areas are cleaned twice weekly/bedrooms 4-6 weeks Resident Tutor Service Ensuite or not ensuite? On and off campus residences

19 Transport 10 minutes town centre to campus Buses leave every 6 minutes during term time Bus passes available from the Students Union shop / bus station

20 Paying your tuition fees For visa purposes it is easier if you pay your tuition fees when you arrive at Bath Ways to pay: in full or in two instalments by direct debit from a UK bank account by credit/debit card by bankers draft (payable to the University of Bath) by direct bank transfer

21 Opening a UK bank account you can use Barclays and Santander on campus NatWest, HSBC and other major banks are in the city centre different accounts are available - some bank accounts offer only cash card accounts, others offer debit/credit cards. You will be able to get a letter to give the bank from Student Services when you arrive Opening a UK bank account can take a few weeks

22 Money check the current exchange rate for pounds sterling (£) dont carry large sums of cash – there are no security facilities on campus to safeguard cash use your home bank account (with credit/debit card) suggested amount for your first two weeks is £500 remember to budget for the year ahead, including: o tuition fees o travel o food

23 Insurance take out travel insurance for your journey and your first week in the UK your travel insurance should cover: o personal accident/medical o personal belongings take out an insurance policy for your possessions for the rest of the year after you arrive in the UK

24 Medical obtain vaccinations for meningitis X-rays for TB are mandatory – check with your local embassy most medical treatment is free in the UK if: o your course lasts for more than 6 months o you do not have a serious pre-existing medical condition the University has its own Medical Centre (doctor) you must register with a doctor when you arrive places at the Dental Centre are limited, get your teeth checked at home!

25 What to bring all the original qualification documents listed on your CAS statement informal clothing to attend University a laptop an adaptor/voltage converter for any electrical equipment

26 What NOT to bring! bedding kitchen items rice cookers too many winter clothes food – its illegal to import many foods, including meat/dairy. Fresh Oriental on campus sells rice, noodles, sauces and drinks and check airline luggage allowance – excess baggage costs can be high!

27 Sending luggage use a reputable company insure against loss or damage send your luggage clearly labelled to the relevant Accommodation Services Centre make sure it will arrive after you

28 Travelling to the UK What to carry in your hand luggage: a copy of your CAS financial evidence originals or certified copies of your degree/exam certificates X-rays (for TB) as required Be patient and polite with the immigration officer – they may ask you a few questions We will you guidance about travelling to Bath in September. You can print this out and bring it with you.

29 Travelling to Bath Well send you arrival instructions in September so dont worry! International student volunteers will meet you at Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September there is a FREE University-run coach to Bath on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September there are limited places on the University coach – you must book online there are also several public transport alternatives


31 LINC (Living in a New Culture) Programme Saturday 21 all dayMeeting point / campus tours Saturday 21 eveningWelcome event (and soup!) Sunday 22 all dayMeeting point / campus tours Sunday 22 eveningGlobal Café Monday 23 eveningLINC Mentor welcome evening Friday 27 eveningBIG PG Welcome Party

32 Document checking As part of our Tier 4 Sponsor duties we need to take copies of your visa and passport before we can fully enrol you Well ask you to complete this process from Monday 23 September and will you with the details

33 Freshers Week Freshers Week officially begins on Monday 23 September. Its organised by the Students Union and includes: social events to help you meet others undergraduate and postgraduate programmes training events and information You can find more information at

34 University/Departmental Inductions Its important to attend Induction Week events, which include: postgraduate and undergraduate information sessions opportunities to meet your department and get your timetable opportunities to meet other new students resident tutor meetings (if you are living in Bath accommodation)

35 LINC (Living In a New Culture) mentoring scheme The mentoring scheme includes: British student mentors weekly contact information about life in the UK and life in Bath opportunities to make friends and practise your English Well you with more information …

36 Support at Bath Learning and language Money, disability, immigration, legal advice Counselling and faith Need help but not sure where to go? - the Student Services Centre will help you

37 Working in the UK During your studies o Student visas – up to 20 hours during term time and full- time during university closure periods o Work placements/internships – free to work full-time if it is a recognised part of your course After your studies o Tier 2 will be open to students: employers will not need to satisfy labour market test so this will open up opportunities for graduate level jobs (minimum salary requirements) o Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur route (places available at Bath) o The International Student Advice Team can help if you have any questions

38 The social experience The University and the Students Union offer: volunteering, cultural societies, sports clubs The Bath Award – for employability Discover trips to Oxford, London … International Student Association – to represent you! Global Group – social events to promote integration Tea and talk –weekly meets!

39 The campus

40 In Bath

41 Keep in touch with us University of Bath International Applicants Facebook page – like us! Chinese Social Networking Forum on Renren, QQ and Weibo - managed by one of our current Chinese students Follow us on Advice hours! Immigration advice sessions online in realtime Regular s with up-to-date news and information to help you prepare to come to the University of Bath Full preparing for arrival information at the International Student Advice Team –

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